Stake Land trailer surprises
Obviously the connections are going to be made, Stake Land to Zombieland (Filmstalker review), but looking at the trailer it's something very different. Oh sure, they share a similar title and the idea is a group of survivors band together to fight a creature that seems to have taken over the country, except here it's vampires and not zombies. Even a few of the characters seem to have been lined up in a similar way, but...
There are many differences, and as soon as you see the trailer you'll see the big one from the beginning. This isn't a comedy, this isn't a tee-up of great one-liners and comedy moments within the horror, this is all about the horror.
Nick Damici and Jim Mickle wrote the script for Stake Land and Jim Mickle directed the film which stars a few recognisable names of Kelly McGillis, Danielle Harris, Michael Cerveris and Connor Paolo. While that doesn't sell it to me that much it's all in the blurb and the trailer, and here's the blurb:
America is a lost nation. When an epidemic of vampirism strikes, humans find themselves on the run from vicious, feral beasts. Cities are tombs and survivors cling together in rural pockets, fearful of nightfall. When his family is slaughtered, young Martin (Gossip Girl's Connor Paolo) is taken under the wing of a grizzled, wayward hunter (In the Cut's Nick Damici) whose new prey are the undead. Simply known as Mister, the vampire stalker takes Martin on a journey through the locked-down towns of America's heartland, searching for a better place while taking down any bloodsuckers that cross their path.
Along the way they recruit fellow travellers, including a nun (Kelly McGillis) who is caught in a crisis of faith when her followers turn into ravenous beasts. This ragtag family unit cautiously moves north, avoiding major thoroughfares that have been seized by The Brethren, a fundamentalist militia headed by Jebedia Loven (Tony award-winning actor Michael Cerveris) that interprets the plague as the Lord's work.
It sounds a good set-up, but hold yourself off for the trailer which Quiet Earth discovered for it's a great trailer that really does have a great style and tone to it.
Come on now, this looks good doesn't it?